N°303 Car ORLEN X-RAID TEAM

JAKUB PRZYGONSKI

(pol) 1.86m / 80kg

Hobbies

Jet skiing, running, motorsport, drifting

Sponsors

Orlen, Red Bull, Platinum Oil

2019: 4th (cars)
2018: 5th (cars)
2017: 7th (cars)
2016: 15th (cars)
2015: 18th (bikes)
2014: 6th (bikes)
2013: 11th (bikes)
2012: Ab. Stage 3 (bikes)
2010: 8th (bikes)
2009: 11th, 1st rookie (bikes)

Cars
2019: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas (2nd): Dubai International Baja (1st), Baja Aragon (3rd), Hungarian Baja (4th), Baja Poland (2nd), Jordan Baja (1st), Baja Portalegre (3rd); Rally Kazakhstan (3rd), Rallye du Maroc (3rd)
2018: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (1st): Baja Russia (4th), Dubai International Baja (1st), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (1st), Rally Kazakhstan (2nd), Italian Baja (1st), Baja España Aragon (2nd), Hungarian Baja (2nd), Baja Poland (1st), Rallye du Maroc (2nd)
2017: FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (2nd): Qatar Cross-Country Rally (2nd), Rally Kazakhstan (2nd), Italian Baja (1st), Baja España Aragon (6th), Hungarian Baja (3rd), Baja Poland (2nd), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (4th), Polish Drift Championship (1st)
2016: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (5th), Baja Poland (4th), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (5th)
2015: Baja Poland (7th), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (18th), Polish Drift Championship (1st)
Sep 2013-Apr 2016: Guinness World Record for fastest controlled skid (217.97 km/h)

Bikes
2014: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (Ab.), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (12th)
2013: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (4th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Sardinia Rally, Dos Sertoes Rally (4th), Morocco Rally (Ab.)
2012: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (6th), Qatar Cross-Country Rally (3rd), Sardinia Rally (10th), Desafio Litoral (2nd), Pharaoh's Rally (2nd), OiLibya Rally of Morocco (9th)
2011: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (3rd), Merzouga Rally (1st), Tunisia (2nd), Pharaoh's Rally (3rd),
OiLibya Rally of Morocco (2nd),
2010: OiLibya Rally of Morocco (4th)
National enduro, motocross and drift championships

Interview

“I think Timo will help me take the next step”

In the space of four years, Jakub 'Kuba' Przygonski has gone from talented outsider to genuine title contender in the cars. The Pole cut his teeth on two wheels, taking part in the rally six times on a bike and coming as high as sixth in 2014. Kuba has excelled in every discipline he has undertaken during his career -be it enduro, motocross or drift- and the cars have been no exception. In 2018, he won the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies with Tom Colsoul, before going on to take a superb fourth place at the Dakar. This year, Kuba teamed up with the highly experienced Timo Gottschalk for the Bajas World Cup, just missing out on overall victory in the final round after finishing behind Orlando Terranova and Ronnie Graue. The pair nevertheless picked up wins in Dubai and Jordan, podiums in Spain, Poland and Portugal, and came third in two World Cup rallies in Kazakhstan and Morocco. They are now gearing up for their first Dakar together with the Orlen X-Raid Team. Timo certainly knows a thing or two about success on the world's toughest rally, having claimed victory with reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah back in 2011, and Kuba is convinced he and his new co-driver have what it takes to secure a top-three finish. A former national drift champion and Guinness World Record holder, the 34-year-old has been improving even since he got behind the wheel in 2016, and could even secure himself a place in the history books if he becomes the first Pole to triumph in the cars.

“With Tom we had a great 2018 season and a brilliant Dakar 2019, and then this year I started to work with Timo. Ultimately he's more experienced than Tom, and I think he will help me take the next step. I think we're ready to fight for the top three. The car is really good, we did a lot of testing throughout the year and made upgrades. It's a new model with a new engine, hopefully it will be fast and really good. It's ready for a long, long Dakar. I think we will need some luck, but we're ready to fight with all the top guys. I'm excited that we're going to Saudi Arabia. I've been everywhere during the past decade, all over Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru. It's good to be heading to a new region. There was an impressive reaction in Poland after our fourth place last year, and the whole country is keeping its fingers crossed for the podium, which will help a lot during the Dakar. Of course, overall victory is the ultimate goal, but the top guys are really strong. Then again, I'm a young guy. I hope the Dakar will be long, like everyone is saying, because I'm younger than the other guys, so I can recover faster and survive more easily! The last race at the Bajas World Cup was really close, but we had a puncture and lost around two and a half minutes, and that was that. But it's normal, you win or lose, what can you do? Looking at the season as a whole, I think we are even better prepared for the Dakar than last year."

Vehicle

ORLEN X-RAID TEAM

  • Mark : MINI
  • Model : JOHN COOPER WORKS RALLY
  • Performance tuner : X-Raid
  • Assistance : X-Raid
  • Class : T1.2 diesel modified A-T 4x4

Ranking 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 77 77 77
2 18 18 67
3 2 2 53
4 8 8 48
5 9 9 38
6 43 42 37
7 8 8 32
8 6 6 28
9 4 4 25
10 2 2 23
11 5 5 20
12 14 14 19

All news of J. Przygonski

Newsflashes - 15/01 11:11 [GMT +3] - Auto

Przygoński is second behind Sainz

Jakub Przygoński has dealt well with the tricky navigation to complete 223 km 3 minutes behind Carlos Sainz. Giniel de Villiers trails the stage leader by 4’26 and Yazeed Al Rajhi lies 6’53 behind Sainz.

Newsflashes - 10/01 10:58 [GMT +3] - Auto

Mechanical problems again for Przygonski

It looks like being another terrible day for Jakub Przygonski, who again has mechanical problems with his Mini. The Polish driver looks set to lose one and a half hours on repairs!

Reactions - 08/01 17:35 [GMT +3] - Auto

"We got two punctures"

The Pole finished eighth today, still a cut below the level that saw him finish fourth in the 2019 Dakar.

"Today was a tough stage. In the second part it was like opening because there were no marks from Carlos. The black stones were really not so nice, and we got two punctures."

Newsflashes - 05/01 17:35 [GMT +3] - Auto

Przygoński back on the move!

Jakub Przygoński may be down, but he's certainly not out. After spending over 5 h 40 fixing his Mini, the Pole is back on the move and heading towards the finish. He could yet prove to be an invaluable ally to his teammates in the coming days...

Newsflashes - 05/01 15:34 [GMT +3] - Auto

Przygonski still at a standstill

Jakub Przygoński's day in hell continues. Team X-Raid's talented Pole is seeing his overall ambitions evaporate after several hours held up at km 146.

Newsflashes - 05/01 11:46 [GMT +3] - Auto

Przygonski hard at work

We have the first dose of drama in the car category. Jakub Przygoński, who was sitting in third place after a solid start, has come to a stop at km 146 due to a mechanical and is working hard on his Mini. A potentially serious blow to the man who finished fourth overall last year!

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